James E. Dotson Jr.

A registered sex offender charged in Drew County with public display of hard-core sexual conduct and voyeurism was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison after Circuit Judge Sam Pope revoked his probation for a Chicot County drug offense.

James Edward Dotson Jr., 33, of Dermott still faces felony charges in Drew County.

The Drew County charges stem from alleged incidents at a Monticello nursing home in May and at a private residence in September. The victims in the Drew County incidents testified at Dotson’s probation revocation hearing in Chicot County.

Dotson is alleged to have peered into a nursing home window on May 10 while sexually gratifying himself and peered into a minor female’s window while engaging in the same behavior, on September 26.

He was charged with public display of hard-core sexual conduct in the nursing home case and voyeurism in the other case.

Explaining the different charges filed in the similar cases, 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said in voyeurism the person has to be looking into a place where the person has the expectation of privacy, such as a residence.

In the nursing home case, it isn’t clear where Dotson is alleged to have been looking (a room, hallway, etc…) but he was allegedly engaging in the behavior in a place in which the public had access, Deen explained.

Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. However, Dotson, if convicted, is subject to enhanced penalties because he is a habitual offender. In addition to a cocaine possession conviction in Chicot County, he was convicted in 1996 of first-degree sexual abuse.